Delaware has a unique television situation, in that it does not have network broadcast stations located within the state itself. Instead, it is served by stations in other nearby areas. It receives TV programming from the markets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Salisbury, Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. Although Delaware does not have networks broadcasting within the state, it still has full access to television programming, because residents can pick up broadcasts from the surrounding states and regions.
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There are a few stations operating in or licensed in Delaware, including PBS and ION Television. Because of its small size, and its proximity to major markets, there is little demand in Delaware for network stations to operate within its borders. In the 1950s, NBC affiliate WVUE operated in Delaware, but it was not able to continue service Broadcasts from the other local markets also include relevant programming like news and weather designed for Delaware residents.
Current Television Networks
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, provides broadcasting services to the northern part of Delaware. Major network stations include KYW-TV (CBS), WPVI-TV (ABC), WCAU (NBC), and WTXF-TV (Fox). PBS, the CW, TBN, and ION are all represented in Philadelphia as well. Spanish language programming is provided by WWSI (Telemundo) and WUVP-DT (Univision). Delaware is also served by two independent Philadelphia market stations, WMCN-TV and WTVE.
Southern Delaware receives broadcasts from the Salisbury, Maryland, and Baltimore, Maryland markets. Salisbury has stations broadcasting CBS (WBOC-TV), ABC (WMDT), and PBS (WCPB) programming. Baltimore features all the major networks, plus MyNetworkTV, PBS, and the CW.
Washington, D.C. broadcasting is also available in parts of Delaware. All the major networks are represented in the Washington market, including NBC (WRC-TV), Fox (WTTG), ABC (WJLA-TV), and CBS (WUSA). Washington also has stations from networks like the CW and Ion Television broadcasting in its television market.
Delaware does have some TV stations broadcasting or licensed within its state lines, however. These high-power stations are not affiliated with the four major networks, but they do serve the Delaware market with quality content.
The Philadelphia area PBS station, WHYY-TV, is licensed to Wilmington, Delaware, and has a secondary studio located there, although the transmission tower is in Pennsylvania. Seaford, Delaware is host to WDPB, a satellite station of WHYY-TV that serves both Delaware and the surrounding areas on the Delmarva Peninsula.
The ION Television station for the Philadelphia area, WPPX-TV, is also licensed to Wilmington, Delaware. Like WHYY-TV, it broadcasts from Philadelphia.
Current Cable and Satellite Providers
Many of Delaware’s residents receive television programming through cable and satellite providers. National companies like Comcast, the largest cable provider in the United States, operate in Delaware to bring television service to its residents.
Satellite television is also available in Delaware. The major providers DirecTV and Dish Network are both options for those residing there.
College and Campus Television
The University of Delaware operates a student run campus television station known as STN 49. It features student oriented programming, focusing on issues and events relevant to the university and the surrounding area, such as coverage of varsity sports.
DTV Channel Lists are available for the following cities in Delaware.
Wilmington, Delaware (DE)
Dover, Delaware (DE)
Newark, Delaware (DE)
Pike Creek, Delaware (DE)
Bear, Delaware (DE)
Brookside, Delaware (DE)
Hockessin, Delaware (DE)
Glasgow, Delaware (DE)
Claymont, Delaware (DE)
North Star, Delaware (DE)